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Thread: Does nursing ever make you hormonal?

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    Default Does nursing ever make you hormonal?

    Okay - any moms out there who have been nursing for a while (my dd is almost 1) who feel hormonal every now and then?

    I have had a few days here and there that remind me of those crazy PMS days of intense chocolate cravings, moodiness, fatigue, scatterbrain-ness, and feeling those "I love you but I don't like you very much today" moments with my husband...who is such a good sport - lol!

    I haven't had my period, since I'm still nursing. Do our hormones ever shift because of nursing? Is my body changing somehow? Or was today just a grumpy day for me?

    Just curious, really. My dd has been dropping some feedings recently, so I wondered if that caused it.

    If anyone has any info, it's greatly appreciated.

    Excuse me while I go dive into the peanut butter and chocolate!


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    Default Re: Does nursing ever make you hormonal?

    Your not the only one! I kept "PMSy" for about a week out of the month. I have gained 6 pounds in the last 3 months because of my cravings.
    Just recently I started to feel really blue, very emotional and could cry at the drop of a hat. It lasted for about 2-3 days and now it is gone.
    I always feel exhausted though.
    One of the MD's that I work with said that it is normal to go through hormonal changes while still nursing.
    It will get better!

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    Default Re: Does nursing ever make you hormonal?

    Sheila,

    Thank you for your thoughts! It's good to know that we're normal and healthy. I find that I'm tired often, too. That I can deal with!

    Take good care, and good for you for nursing!

    XOXO

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    Default Re: Does nursing ever make you hormonal?

    Yep. And I realized those episodes happened when I would have been having a period. I was having cyclic cervical mucus, which was my body thinking about gearing up for ovulation, and those hormonal days were always around 10-16 days later. . .

    Enjoy the chocolate and peanut butter
    Susan
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    Default Re: Does nursing ever make you hormonal?

    I just have to tell you this funny story. Last night my DH and I were just talking right before dinner. He said something and I replied, " I know, I haven't had my cycle in almost a year!! " All of a sudden I heard this awful noise in the kitchen sink, and when I turned around the look on his face said it all!! I thought I would die laughing. I had to explain to him that that is why breastfeeding being a form of BC is a myth. He finally relaxed but after about 10 minutes of asking if i was sure that's why I haven't had one. It was hallarious. This is the perfect thing to use at the in-laws. hehehe

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    Default Re: Does nursing ever make you hormonal?

    AJ's Mom, that was a funny story. I could only imagine the look on your DH's face!! I love when you are at the doc's office and they ask for your last menstral cycle. I don't even have to think about it, I happily say "April 2005!!!!!"
    I DREAD the day my cycle does start. I have been enjoying this too much. Luckily for me, ds has reflux and he nurses more frequently than probably normal. He usually nurses 2-3 hours when we are together. I try to pump atleast every 2 hours also when I am away (partly due to the little amount I get each time I pump). I have heard the more your lo nurses, the less likely you are to start your period.

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